Growing Older in Yolo County

By 2040, over 70,000 people age 60 and older are projected to be living in Yolo county. What will changing demographics mean for the region?

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Wally Pearce Winters Elder Day Council Living in Yolo County today is a wonderful experience to treasure. Yet, we’re witnessing a dramatic and unprecedented increase in our senior population. By 2040, over 70,000 people age 60 and older are projected to be living in Yolo County. That figure is well over three times the number of senior adults there were in 2000; and, it represents an astounding growth rate of 235% for the forty-year period. In comparison, California’s expected older adult growth rate over those four decades is 170 percent. Additionally, the population over age 60 will have an overall increase of 166% during the period 2010 to 2060. The influence of the 60 and over age group on California is expected to emerge most strongly between 2010 to 2030. For Yolo County that’s a growth of 172 percent. On the other-hand, within California, the 85 and older population is of serious concern, because, they typically represent the most frail and vulnerable age group, and, they utilize a sizeable share of elder care services. In Yolo County, the situation is even more alarming. The number of elderly people in the county is projected to grow exponentially, resulting in an almost fivefold increase in frail persons (from about 2,000 to over 9,600) by 2040. The population over age 85 will increase at even a faster rate than those over 60 years of age, having an overall increase of 489 percent during the period from 2010 to 2060. Of the State’s 58 counties, 55 counties will have increases of more than 150 percent, 45 counties will have increases of more than 200 percent, and 36 counties will have over a 300 percent increase in the number of persons aged 85 and older. Counties can expect to experience even higher growth rates after 2020. In particular, the influence of the 85 and over age group on California will emerge most strongly between 2030 to 2040 as the first of the baby boomers reach 85 years of age. The elephant in the room questions are, is Yolo County residents prepared for this challenging evolution, and; how will Yolo County, each city and rural area, meet their increased demands for older adult services, such as transportation, healthcare, food insecurity, assisted living, housing, homelessness, personal care, etc.?]]>

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